\ ˈhȯr-ē How to pronounce hoary (audio) \
hoarier; hoariest

Definition of hoary

1 : gray or white with or as if with age bowed his hoary head
2 : extremely old : ancient hoary legends

Other Words from hoary

hoariness noun

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Hoary is an Old English word that comes from hoar, which shares its meanings. Both words refer to anything that is old or that has the whitened look of age.

Examples of hoary in a Sentence

a hoary tale of revenge He bowed his hoary head. a man hoary with age
Recent Examples on the Web But Feldstein doesn’t quite have the theatrical confidence to convince us that this hoary music hall business could really kill. Charles Mcnultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 24 Apr. 2022 Many who voted for Mélenchon have no use for his broad-brushed and hoary anticapitalist nostrums. Arthur Goldhammer, The New Republic, 11 Apr. 2022 Three redpoll species are currently recognized: common, hoary, and lesser (a Eurasian species). Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Feb. 2022 It was named Summit Lake, and then Alta Lake, and eventually Whistler because of the whistle sound made by its hoary marmots, a big squirrel-like animal. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 14 Mar. 2022 What at one point in Allen’s long career may have felt clever and innovative simply comes off like a hoary device to pad an undernourished story. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2022 Another fanciful theory blames French monarch Charles V. American newspapers of the late 19th and early 20th century loved to trot out this hoary tale. Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2021 What is clear is that warnings like this do little aside from perpetuate a hoary and exploded myth, and seem to generate little more than derision from the public. Chris Roberts, Forbes, 31 Oct. 2021 Starnone, however, is not so interested in epistemological exercises or the hoary paradox that art is the lie that tells the truth. Steven G. Kellman, Los Angeles Times, 8 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of hoary

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 May 2022

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“Hoary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoary. Accessed 9 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for hoary


\ ˈhȯr-ē How to pronounce hoary (audio) \
hoarier; hoariest

Kids Definition of hoary

1 : very old a hoary tale
2 : having gray or white hair a hoary head

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